So who am I and how did I end up doing Frank Education?
Hi, I'm Justus Frank. I was born in Germany yet mostly raised in New Zealand. My educational path was not anything particularly extraordinary. I went to kindergarten, then to a public primary school, a public high school and then after that I studied music at Otago University and got myself a BA.
I didn't have much direction in my life at the time and I first tried studying for secondary school teaching. Then I did a variety of jobs including dairy farming until eventually I found myself as a Children's Worker at the Salvation Army. Enjoying my time with children and now having quite a number of nieces and nephews, I decided to give teaching another go. After completing my diploma I worked as a school teacher for four-and-a-half years in integrated and private schools in Mid and South Canterbury, New Zealand. However, my reservations and concerns about teaching and schools grew steadily throughout this time. I eventually realised that I couldn't go on in a system that clearly wasn't working for the best interests of children. I also became more aware of what teaching was doing to myself as I tried to deal with the negative impacts of classroom management. So I left teaching hoping to make a new start in life.
In travelling through Europe I began to think about education more and more. I was curious and then very concerned; what was the “end product” of the education system really? After deeply reflecting on my own life purpose and then spending much time asking and discussing purpose with many other people, I came to the realisation that the current systems of doing education often do more harm than good in helping people discover direction and a purpose to their lives.
But then how do we actually learn? This question began to fascinate me more and more and so I started my journey through research, observations, conversations, and experiments. I began working at a school just to see if these new ideas I was learning could be implemented there. While there was some success, ultimately it opened my eyes to the very foundational problems of our view of education and that the way humans actually learn things of value is strongly at odds with the current paradigm.
But then I realised, it doesn’t have to be this way! We can use reason and evidence to find strong underlying principles in life which, when we are made aware of them, allow us to have real meaning in our learning. I started applying these principles to my own life first and my life has completely changed. It has really been astounding and I am so excited by the things that I am now learning and the person I'm becoming.
Then I began applying these principles to my relationships with the children around me and observed how their learning grew. Once you begin to see it happen before your eyes, it's fascinating to see.
And so that's when I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to share those principles with you and discuss with you what practical difference they can have as we seek meaningful interactions with our children. What if we could allow children to live purposeful lives in the here and now, instead of “preparing” them, for sometimes over 20 years, before they can start adding real value to themselves and others.
I want to partner with you and help you and your family gain personal freedom and continual growth through meaningful learning.
So... are you ready for a conversation?